Catalyst Series: Kathleen McClaskey

Catalyst Series: Kathleen McClaskey

As part of the Education Innovation Research Network, we are hosting Catalyst Series Events featuring leaders in education innovation who will share their insights with scholars and practitioners in the state. Click here to learn more about our Catalyst Series Events.


May 31, 2017 | Location & Time: TBD
The Promise of Learner Agency using the UDL Lens
What should we promise our learners as they enter school each day? Agency! In this hands-on interactive session, participants will use the UDL (Universal Design for Learning) Lens in a 3-step process to help a learner they know and a learner they do not know to develop agency:

  • First, the Learner Profile (LP) to discover the learner and how they learn;
  • Second, develop a Personal Learning Backpack (PLB) of skills and tools to support the learner’s needs; and
  • Third, create a Personal Learning Plan (PLP) designed with learning goals and action steps for the learner to develop a path to agency.

June 1, 2017 | Location & Time: TBD
Personalization and Universal Design for Learning: Realizing the Promise of Learner Agency

What do we promise our learners as they enter the schoolhouse door each day? As we try to educate all children to become independent and self-directed learners so they have choices in college, career, and life, our promise must be for each child to develop learner agency. But how can we fulfill that promise and prepare current and future teachers to create learner-centered environments where all children develop agency? Discover how Personalization and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) can be the centerpieces to fulfill that promise.

About Kathleen McClaskey
Kathleen McClaskey (@khmmc) is Co-founder of Personalize Learning, LLC and co-author of bestsellers Make Learning Personal and How to Personalize Learning: A Practical Guide for Getting Started and Going Deeper. She is an innovative leader, education technologist, keynoter, professional developer, and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) consultant with over 30 years experience in creating learner-centered environments as a teacher, K-12 administrator and consultant. She is passionate in empowering learners with tools, skills and learning strategies so they become independent self-directed learners who are future ready for college, career and life. Kathleen continues on her mission for educators to discover the learner in every child and to level the playing field for all learners. She has a M.Ed. from Lesley University and has been an adjunct graduate instructor for Plymouth State University the last 15 years.

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